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Christine Caldwell Ames

Chair, History Department

Office: Gambrell Hall 211
Degrees: B.A. Brown University
M.A. Yale University Divinity School
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
Phone: (803) 777-2734
Research Interests: European Medieval, Religious
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Christine Caldwell Ames


Christine Caldwell Ames is a historian of medieval Europe with a particular interest in the history of Christianity, heresy and inquisition, and inter-religious relations. Her articles have appeared in The American Historical Review, Heresis, History Compass, and Comitatus, and her book Righteous Persecution: Inquisition, Dominicans, and Christianity in the Middle Ages was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2009.

A recipient of the USC Mortar Board Society's Excellence in Teaching Award, Professor Ames teaches various undergraduate courses on medieval European history, as well as a survey of Christianity from its origins to the present. She also regularly teaches the core course of History 101.

Current Activities 

My current projects are two books. Medieval Heresies: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, which I am writing for the Cambridge Medieval Textbooks series, is a comparative history of heresy, heterodoxy, and religious nonconformity within the three major faiths of the medieval world. Blood of the Vine: A Religious History of Wine in Medieval Europe recently took me to Bordeaux, France, where I spent the academic year of 2011-2012 as a Fulbright Research Scholar.